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What strengths do ISTJs bring to their work?

At work, ISTJs are dependable and meticulous. ISTJs take deadlines and specifications very seriously, and work independently and systematically to complete the tasks they are given. ISTJs value a stable work environment with clear expectations and few surprises. They are at their best when they can create detailed plans of action and follow them with little deviation.

Although ISTJs may like to do quite a bit of their work independently, they often appreciate the value of participating on a team as well, especially if their colleagues are reasonable and businesslike and there is a clear hierarchy so that they know who is in charge.

An ideal job for an ISTJ allows them to solve logical problems in an orderly way. An ideal work environment for an ISTJ is quiet, organized, and structured, with rules and regulations that are well established and clearly adhered to by all.

What are some good careers for an ISTJ?

Popular Careers for ISTJs

Top careers for the ISTJ include:

Business and Financial
Math
Office and Administrative Support
Management
Architecture and Engineering
Life, Physical, and Social Science
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
Transportation and Material Moving
Production
Entertainment and Sports
Healthcare
Construction and Extraction
Media and Communication
Education, Training, and Library
Sales
Computer and Information Technology
Protective Service
Legal
Military
Community and Social Service

How can an ISTJ find the right career?

ISTJs, like all personality types, are most satisfied and successful when they choose a career that takes advantage of their natural strengths, talents, and interests. If you're searching for the right career, check out the Career Personality Profiler test, which provides a complete assessment of your personality, interests, and aptitude.

What careers should the ISTJ avoid?

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ISTJ, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ISTJ. Occupations that require the ISTJ to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ISTJs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ISTJs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

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JoeSchmo (not verified) says...

Yeah!!!!! Bye!!!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Never come back

Russ (not verified) says...

Why do people classify us in a group like this? wackkk lol

Genesis (not verified) says...

There's a lot of speculation about Sheldon Cooper's possible personality type. Most people believe it's INTJ, however while reading information about ISTJ I'm quite sure he is ISTJ. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?

Guest (not verified) says...

N types are attracted to theoretical work, and S types are attracted to practical work. Since Sheldon is a theoretical physicist in the show, I'd say he is more likely to be an INTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

Sheldon Cooper has aspergers. The cast and writers even said it. This personality type does share similarities with an aspie, but high functioning autism comes with a whole other set of problems and quirks.

Guest (not verified) says...

Aspergers?? I thought he had OCD. Maybe I don't know enough about what aspergers is.

BRIDGET E (not verified) says...

INTJs are most inclined to be on the autism spectrum though I could see it here too. 

Genius #1 (not verified) says...

Sheldon Cooper works in theory.  This is not a subject sensors are comfortable with.  He's an INTJ.  However he is also a genuine with High functioning Autism so it's unlikely you could categorize him into a MBTI.

Sheree (not verified) says...

Sheldon Cooper is not a real person, but a creation of someone else's mind, therefore is not likely to fit into any type 100%. - said the INTJ

 

Guest (not verified) says...

Amazing!! Really confirmed to me who I am. Now I have to let everybody else know!! LOL

Visiting INFJ (not verified) says...

I'm an INFJ browsing for a friend. She thinks it makes her sound cold-hearted. I really don't see it that way. Any opinions?

Guest (not verified) says...

Well, I'm an ISTJ and my friends often say I sound cold hearted but they know better than to really call me that.

Guest (not verified) says...

are you sexy tho

Guest (not verified) says...

I am the same and receive the same treatment

EvolvedHeathen (not verified) says...

As a female ISTJ myself, I can understand her concern. I Felt this way at first and still catch myself thinking it even now! It makes me feel better to finally know this is just my personality... I'm not cold; in reality, I'm the most loyal giving person to those very close to me. I don't throw "mushy" meaningless words around... my actions consistently show how I feel and this is not a bad thing!

Guest (not verified) says...

I am also a female ISTJ, an uncommon profile for a woman I'm advised by my therapist. I realize, however, the many wonderful qualities this profile has. ISTJs should be loved, respected, and appreciated. I think they need to shy away from "needy" men whose egos require constant stroking. Trust me, it's a battle an ISTJ will never win because it's clearly contrary to her nature.

Guest (not verified) says...

Something I should have learned long before marrying my very emotionally needy husband of 25 years!! :-) I am a firm ISTJ and I realize marrying an ENFJ at a very young age when one is not very self aware can be a challenge. We're still together but boy has it been a roller coaster ride!

Guest (not verified) says...

As an ENFJ myself, I must say that describing your husband as emotionally needy seems disrespectful. However, I am married to an ISTJ male and he can come across a bit cold when that is not his intention so I am sure that is not yours.
25 years is a long time so something is working.
ENFJs have exceptional understanding of social dynamics and natural skill with people overall. INTJs are dutiful, factual and together each truly compliment but it requires so much patience.
I am usually the one to reach out and extend the olive branch but.... That's what our types usually do.
Best to you both.

tyrone kruxchlichmeov (not verified) says...

so we are all females now?

Edward (not verified) says...

Unfortunately, this - and many other - ISTJ descriptions describe us as overly serious and cold. I have never thought of myself this way, but I HAVE had the problem of being preceived this way by others my whole life. Those who really know me know that I have a wry sense of humor, but I suppose that is the rub - I only show that sense of humor to those close to me. Otherwise, like I imagine most everyone else, I have a polite and senseable persona I project to acquaintences and strangers. It sounds like your friend disagrees. Does she feel like people "get" her and does she feel generally well liked by strangers? While we have sixteen personality types here, it is entirely possible there is a yet to be discovered third layer.

Tanika Jones (not verified) says...

Spot on me

Guest (not verified) says...

Being an istj myself we do often come off as cold hearted but honestly when my friends talk about me they always say I'm one of the nicest people you will ever meet. In my opinion we just have a different way of looking and analyzing the world that not everyone can understand. It's very analytical and it takes some time to get used to that. But no we are not cold hearted some of us yes but not all of us.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yep, this pretty much sums who I am, except for where most ISTJ's are in career. I've been in banking and it contradicted my personality, don't deal with mean people to well.

ross (not verified) says...

I think it means you're more on the banking financial side. Analyzing the datas and such. You're not the banking customer service or teller type. We are not people person.

ashya (not verified) says...

this is true and real!!!!!!!!!!

Tel0113 (not verified) says...

Me to a T. Took a career as a Sales Rep but drifted into technical sales.

R. A. Mills (not verified) says...

WOW! Accurate...to the letter.

Sathiya (not verified) says...

This is really accurate. I learnt so much about myself which I never really realised before although the signs were pretty obvious.

ross (not verified) says...

I was not aware of these types of personalities or the A and B types till recently. And this is me 99%. In addition, i love being neat and organized but not everyday. I have clutters too but for me they are still organized. I know if someone touched my stuff eventhough it's messy.

Nava (not verified) says...

agreed! it's crazy how everything applies to me... it's like a scientific horoscope or something haha.

Guest (not verified) says...

Love my job, but finding that certain aspects are pushing me beyond my natural wiring, causing overwhelming stress etc... Realized it was anti-productive both to myself & the organization so wanted to take another look at the myers/briggs test. Took it years ago after getting married so hubby and I could better understand one another & now again today 25+ years later its still providing valuable info that will help me re-frame my role in our organization. Many thanks - wonderful tool & so helpful!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Darn accurate, unbelivable. Thanks to provide this :) now i know myself more :)

Guest (not verified) says...

Pretty dead on for the most part.

Guest (not verified) says...

Pretty much sums me up but I'm not HUGE on tradition, however the communication skills sounds exactly like me.

PicoJoules (not verified) says...

Yes! This was the only part that really didn't resonate with me!

Guest (not verified) says...

They should include math teacher for preferred occupations! Structured institutions with rules to be followed, traditions to be passed on, logical problems to be worked thru step by step... But probably only for children 13 and up.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes they should! But for middle school and up definitely. I'm glad I'm not the only teaching ISTJ out there.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yep, ISTJ math teacher right here too!

Guest (not verified) says...

Hi all, I am a physical ed/Health teacher and I coach boy' volleyball and track. I think I have many of the ISTJ characteristics accept I am pretty social and like to interact with others rather than be by myself. I LOVE my job the students have given me so much happiness over the past 20+ years that I cannot begin to thank them enough. When I walk down the halls numerous hellos and how's it going as well as I love comes from them. I think this makes the people I work with directly uncomfortable. I have worked side by side with someone that has hated me and belittled me for 20 years and now her friends treat me the same way. I have tried to ignore it but recently some retirees have expressed their concern over things said about me. I don't want to go to my principle because the bullies are highly respected by them and I'd like to fix it myself without putting my principle in an uncomfortable situation(Respect her immensely) It is affecting my health, anyone have any words of wisdom?

Guest (not verified) says...

Its liek they know nme #buzzin

Jennifer (not verified) says...

I can see how Sheldon Cooper could possible be an ISTJ. I'm not completely sure I'd settle on that for his type, but I'd say it's a fair contender. I can see Si (introverted sensing) being in his stacking of functions, I'm just not sure if it would be his dominant function or not. Personally, I think INTJ is still a better option for him. The key thing with ISTJs is that they think in terms of "the group" in everything that they do and they are very safety/security oriented. I just don't see that in him. On the contrary, he seems very interested in the self only.

Áine (not verified) says...

Sheldon could be listed as needing a group as he depends so much on his friends for rides and companionship. He would be very alone without his posse!

Gabriel (not verified) says...

I found this to be a good look at what im like and I cant argue with it

Guest (not verified) says...

Nice! I get to be Queen Victoria!

Guest (not verified) says...

I am definetly istj and my mother to, but I don't agree whith the part of children and as I have experienced my shelf I don't think that this is what shoud be done, I think that people need to teke their own choices and shoudent be pressured to be something!

Eyusbi (not verified) says...

Totally true, I felt naked.

hi motherfuckers (not verified) says...

me too

Guest (not verified) says...

Really fits me except for the part about typical gender roles

Guest (not verified) says...

True, true, true. Working now with an ISTJ bully who was formerly a law enforcement officer. Now she is a frustrated female sales manager in a retail environment terrorizing the team. Bad career match = misery for us all. Not judging the rest of you ISTJ folks (my spouse is one!). Just need to be in the correct career path...lol.

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